as a result, the statue could serve one of two main functions. it could be offered to the gods, particularly to apollo, the epitome of this youthful ideal, or it could stand above the grave of a man of any age, reminding his descendants of when he was in his prime, standing youthful, proud, autonomous, beholden to no one, the measure of all things. the male figure-- naked, proud, idealized-- did have a female equivalent in the kore. she, too, is beautiful, but she is serene rather than heroic. she's clothed and static, not boldly striding forward like the male. the turn of the sixth century to the fifth century b.c.